U.S. House Passes CISPA Cybersecurity Bill

posted on 2013-04-20 23:57 EDT

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protect Act (CISPA) by a vote of 288 to 127 on Thursday. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Electronics Frontier Foundation assert that the bill "will allow companies that hold very sensitive and personal information to liberally share it with the government, which could then use the information without meaningful oversight for purposes unrelated to cybersecurity." The House Intelligence committee asserts that the bill will not create a wide-ranging government surveillance program and has safeguards to prevent abuse.

The bill still has to pass the U.S. Senate, and President Barack Obama's administration promises to veto the bill if it does not undergo significant changes.

Sources: Business Insider, Techdirt via Slashdot

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